Today’s Daily Cartoon & Daily Shouts Cartoonist; Recalling A New Yorker Giant: Charles Saxon

A Hamburglar cartoon by Farley Katz, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2007. Mr. Katz has also contributed today’s Daily Shouts.

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Recalling A New Yorker Giant: Charles Saxon

Over this past weekend a number of visiting colleagues paused to look at a Charles Saxon original drawing that hangs on a wall here at Spill headquarters. The Saxon drawing is displayed because it amuses and inspires (the same goes for the several dozen others also on our walls by various New Yorker artists past and present; the earliest drawing, by Alice Harvey, was published October of 1925, the most recent, by Ed Steed, was published in April of 2019). Saxon’s drawings have long been considered a high bar by his peers — a reminder of how elegant (a word used by one of the visitors) cartoon art can be (I’ve always felt Thurber’s drawings to be another kind of high bar).

Looking closely at the originals in the Spill‘s archives, I see no under -drawing, no pencil marks. The work, in grease pencil(?), appears to be in the school of — as Edward Sorel would describe it — direct drawing.  The lines seem effortless, energetic, lovely, and of course, humorous; it’s an immediately identifiable style. As with so many of his contemporaries, including Robert Weber, Lee Lorenz, James Stevenson and Frank Modell, there’s a joy to the work.

Saxon’s world, both New Yorker covers and cartoons, published from the mid 1940s through the late 1980s, will forever be linked to Connecticut country club country, where he lived (Mr. Saxon, along with his colleague William Hamilton, had that upper-crusty world down). The New Yorker readership from that social strata apparently loved seeing themselves poked and prodded, just as they loved what Peter Arno had done with them and to them in the magazine’s earlier decades. 

Right: a Saxon New Yorker cover: effortless, energetic, humorous

I was fortunate enough to meet Saxon in February of 1986, when New Yorker cover artist Roxie Munro threw a small post-New Yorker anniversary party. Trudging downtown from the Pierre Hotel to Ms. Munro’s mid-town apartment on lower Park Avenue, I was one of the first to arrive. Walking into the living room I found a short man, in dark suit and tie, standing with his back against a living room wall. I introduced myself, not knowing who I was about to shake hands with. I had always imagined Saxon as quite tall — a powerhouse figure. In truth, he was perhaps a half-foot shorter than me. He was also remarkably soft spoken, and extremely polite. I’d always expected that he’d have one of those personalities that would roll right over me. It was quite a nice gift, to able to have perhaps fifteen minutes with this cartoon god, all to myself. 

 

Photo: Charles Saxon, center, with The New Yorker‘s Art Editor, James Geraghty at the magazine’s offices, 25 West 43rd Street, New York City, c.1960s.  Photo courtesy of Sarah Geraghty Herndon.

Book: Oh, happy, happy, happy!  The earliest Saxon collection, published in 1960 by Golden Press.

 

 

 

 

 

Gluyas Williams’ B’Day; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Gluyas Williams’ B’Day

My thanks to the author Steve Stoliar for alerting the Spill that it’s the birthday of Gluyas Williams, one of the giants of the early New Yorker. Here’s Mr. Williams Spill A-Z entry:

Gluyas Williams (above left undated; right: 1975) Born, July 23, 1888, San Francisco. Died, Boston, Mass., 1982. One of the pillars of Harold Ross’s stable of artists, and one of Ross’s favorite cartoonists. His beautiful full page drawings were a regular feature in the magazine. Mr. Williams illustrated a number of Robert Benchley’s collections, providing the cover art as well as illustrations. New Yorker work: March 13, 1926 – Aug 25, 1951. Collections: The Gluyas Williams Book ( Doubleday, Doran & Co., 1929); Fellow Citizens (Doubleday  Doran & Co, 1940); The Gluyas Williams Gallery (Harper, 1957); The Best of Gluyas Williams (Dover Publications, 1970).  Website: http://www.gluyaswilliams.com/

Recommended Further Reading: Edward Sorel‘s December 1984 piece on Williams in American Heritage, “The World Of Gluyas Williams”

A selection of Mr. Williams’ cartoon anthologies

Bonus Williams!  Mr. Stoliar sent along this rare poster illustrated by Mr. Williams (printed in 1945):

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Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

An Ellis Rosen all-about-the-weather cartoon (with a wonderful caption beginning with,“Prepare the thunderstorms..”). 

 Mr. Rosen has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2016. Visit his website here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy 90th Edward Sorel!; Interview Of Interest: Ken Krimstein; Article Of Interest: Paul Karasik; Today’s Daily Cartoonist: Emily Flake & Yesterday’s: J.A.K.; Cast Recording In The Works For Peter Arno’s Hit B’Way Play, The New Yorkers

The great Edward Sorel celebrated his 90th birthday yesterday.  Mr. Sorel’s first cover for The New Yorker (below) made headlines when Tina Brown selected it as the debut cover of her editorship at the magazine.

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Interview Of Interest: Ken Krimstein

From The Grinnell Magazine, – “I Think Therefore I Draw” — this piece on Ken Krimstein.  Mr. Krimstein began contributing to The New Yorker in 2000.  (this piece found via The Daily Cartoonist)

Link here to Mr. Krimstein’s website.

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From The Vineyard Gazette, “A Brief Sketch Of A Life As A Cartoonist”  — this piece on Paul Karasik, co-author of How To Read Nancy, and New Yorker cartoonist since 1999.

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Today’s Daily Cartoon/Cartoonist…and Yesterday’s

Today’s Daily cartoon, Mueller with a a big pinch of Trump, is by Emily Flake.  Ms. Flake began contributing to The New Yorker in 2008.  Visit her website here.

Yesterday’s Daily, 100% Mitch McConnell,  was by J.A.K. (aka Jason Adam Katzenstein).  Mr. K. began contributing to The New Yorker in 2014. See some of his work here

And speaking of J.A.K., the cover for an upcoming book he’s illustrated has been posted. The White Man’s Guide To White Male Writers of the Western Canon by Dana Schwartz, will be out November 5th, from Harper Perennial.

 

 

 

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Cast Recording In The Works For Peter Arno’s Hit Play, The New Yorkers

From the Never Saw This Comin’ Dept.: Playbill reports that a recording of the music from the  1930 Peter Arno play, The New Yorkers is in the works. The music was written by an up and coming composer, Cole Porter. If you want to know much much more about the play and Arno, there’s always this. Listen here to a 1939 version of “Love For Sale” — the infamous song from the play.

The Online Tilley Watch, The Week Of March 4-8, 2019; Fave Photo Of The Day: Sorel & Gerberg; Elisabeth McNair Pencilled; Interview Of Interest: New Yorker Cover Artist Marcellus Hall; Bud Grace On His Second(?) New Yorker Cartoon

The Daily cartoons this week were brought to us by Brendon Loper, Farley Katz, Peter Kuper, Tim Hamilton, and JAK (Jason Adam Katzenstein).  A mixed-bag, thematically, with three outta five of the cartoons Trumpish.

New Yorker cartoonists contributing to Daily Shouts: Amy Hwang, Ed Steed, and Ali Soloman.

See all of the above, and more, here.

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Fave Photo Of The Day: Sorel & Gerberg

Meant to post this a few weeks back. It was taken at The New York Historical Society opening for Mort Gerberg’s exhibit.  That’s Mr. Gerberg on the left and the great Edward Sorel on the right.

The exhibit, “Mort Gerberg Cartoons: A New Yorker’s Perspective” runs through May 5th.

(photo used with permission of Mr. Gerberg).

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Elisabeth McNair Pencilled

Jane Mattimoe’s wonderful Case For Pencils continues with the spotlight on Elisabeth McNair (above) and her tools of the trade.  Ms. McNair’s first New Yorker drawing appeared in the July 30, 2018 issue.  See the post here.

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Interview Of Interest: Cover Artist Marcellus Hall

From DART (Design Arts Daily), March 7, 2019, “The DART Interview: Marcellus Hall”

Mr. Marcellus’s first New Yorker cover appeared in 2005. Link here to his website.

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Bud Grace On His 2nd New Yorker Cartoon

Bud Grace, writes on his blog about his second New Yorker drawing, and a particularly good edit by the then cartoon editor, Lee Lorenz.

Not to be too nit-picky about this, but Mr. Grace identifies the above as his second New Yorker cartoon, yet I’m unable to find his first on the New Yorker‘s database. Perhaps he sold two, and only one (the one above)  appeared? Mr. Grace, if you see this,  please advise.

 

 

 

The Tilley Watch Online: May 21- 25, 2018; Edward Sorel’s Rise and Fall of Truman Capote

Mostly Trumpian Daily cartoons this week (as they’ve been for quite some time), with a bonus Daily courtesy of Barry Blitt on Friday. Others contributing through the week: Peter Kuper (twice), Lars Kenseth, David Sipress and Brendan Loper.  

Daily Shouts contributing New Yorker cartoonists were:  Sophia Warren & Jeremy Nguyen (a team effort, Liana Finck, Jason Adam Katzenstein (with Karen Chee), and Maggie Larson.

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Edward Sorel in The New York Times Book Review

I should’ve mentioned this a while back, but better late than…well you know. Our grand master of caricature, Edward Sorel has been working on a series of back pages for The New York Times Book Review. His latest: “The Rise and Fall of Truman Capote” appears this week.

Mr. Sorel has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1990.

Link to his website here.